How To Convert Server 2012 to a Workstation/Client

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by applegate, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. applegate

    applegate MDL Member

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    #1 applegate, Oct 25, 2012
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  2. Rock Hunter

    Rock Hunter MDL Senior Member

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    I have Server 2012 installed and modified to run as a workstation. I am able to do just about everything I can do with Windows 8 expect for one thing, sharing. Server does not support Homegroups. I haven't figured out how to connect from the Server 2012 machine to my other computers. Other than that, it works well and is stable and quick. I use it for managing my two web sites and I am able to modify my sites which have a lot of photos on each page and Microsoft Expression doesn't crash like it does with Windows 7 and Windows 8.
     
  3. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    And thanks God for this!
    Why would anybody sane use Homegroup c**p?
     
  4. Rock Hunter

    Rock Hunter MDL Senior Member

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    I want Homegroup because I'm using Server as a Workstation, not as a server. As a workstation, I need to be able to share files with other computers in my home.
     
  5. 100

    100 MDL Expert

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    What's wrong with using regular folder shares?
     
  6. Rock Hunter

    Rock Hunter MDL Senior Member

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    I did the shares that way and I can see the other computers but I can't access the folders or the files. I get an error message telling me to go see my network administrator.
     
  7. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Then have a conversation with yourself (could even use Google as a man in a middle for this)
    Obviously still something to learn...
     
  8. PGHammer

    PGHammer MDL Senior Member

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    While you are adding workstation features to a server OS, you can still use your converted Server 2012 *as* a server (or as a domain controller, which is the default) - because I added the Hyper-V role, and wanted to be able to remote into VMs, I had to add the Domain Controller role as well (if you are following the steps in the Remote Desktop role, you will note that the Domain Controller role for the server is a requirement). The workstation conversion (or even just the Desktop Experience add-in, which I am using) doesn't preclude this. Only Server Essentials (as far as I am aware) is precluded from being a domain controller - can someone with SE 2012 installed clear this up?

    We get so wrapped up in thinking that a computer can have only one purpose or role that we keep forgetting that computers (and especially servers) have more often than not fulfilled multiple roles, and especially at once.
     
  9. Cowboy

    Cowboy MDL Member

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    I assume this was a post from the deep dark past and needs no answer.